The college football regular season is officially complete, and it is finally bowl season. Normally we have some controversy about who is in and who is out of the College Football Playoff, but this year that is not a problem.
The penultimate College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night without much commotion. The top four remained the same, but we are guaranteed to have some changes after the conference championships this weekend. Let's look at each contender's scenarios and their odds to win it all.
The first big-conference title game Saturday morning is the Big 12 Championship in Arlington, Texas, where perennial conference power Oklahoma will take on Baylor in a rematch of one of the most memorable games of the 2019 season.
As 2019 comes to a close, let’s take inventory of the five quarterback/wide receiver tandems that were most feared by defenses this season.
While there is still plenty of drama remaining in the college football season, the suspense over who will receive the Heisman Trophy is certainly over.
Joe Burrow has been exceptional all season long, and in Tuscaloosa on Saturday he further proved his merit as the greatest player of the 2019 season.
The initial College Football Playoff rankings came out Tuesday night with a few surprises. Ohio State has the No. 1 spot, despite being No. 3 in the AP poll and No. 4 in the Coaches poll. Penn State jumped over Clemson into the top four, despite being No. 5 in both polls. Undefeated Baylor and Minnesota remain outside the top 10, which shows how important strength of schedule is to the committee.
For maybe the first time in modern college football history, the top 5 favorites to win the Heisman trophy all spent the week watching from the couch. With Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, and Oklahoma all having bye weeks, all of our front-runners were left without an opportunity to further impress voters. With nobody playing, one might think that the odds for all the contenders would remain stagnant, but that has not been the case.
Ohio State defensive end Chase Young launched his Heisman candidacy following his performance against Wisconsin on Saturday. The junior recorded six solo tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in Ohio State’s 38-7 demolition of the Badgers, and soon found himself in the top six of the Heisman odds as a result. Even more impressive, Young isn’t the only Buckeye holding steady in the top six in the eyes of oddsmakers. Running back J.K. Dobbins is a Heisman candidate and has the best chance to claim the trophy at his position. The fourth-favorite in the Heisman race is his teammate Justin Fields.
If there was ever any doubt that the Heisman trophy is awarded to the best player on one of the most successful teams, one need only look at the stat lines for Week 9’s games. Going into the weekend, LSU QB Joe Burrow was a deserving favorite at +175, with Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts nipping at his heels at +180. Both quarterbacks have performed fantastically this season and were undefeated heading into Saturday.